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due to the death of a cal poly student in orinda. >>> a bombshell announcement out of vatican city as the pope makes a move unseen in 600 years. good afternoon. i'm tori campbell pope benedict xvi sent shock waves around the globe this morning. he announced he's going to resign at the end of the month, right in the middle of the holy see son the lent. ktvu's alex savidge -- season of lent. ktvu's alex savidge has more with this means to the catholics in the bay area. >> reporter: well, good afternoon. pope benedict xvi decided to step down, he said, because he just doesn't have the mental and physical strength to lead the catholic church at 85 years of age. parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco, certainly caught offguard. many respect the decision. some believe he should have waited until after the easter holiday. the first pope to voluntarily resign in more than 700 years. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning from the vatican. it came as a surprise even to his closest advisers. >> absolutely shocked. >> reporter: this was the reaction
is elected. the vatican seems to be aiming for the conclave of cardinals will elect a new pope by march, palm sunday, that would put the pope in position to celebrate the holy week. again, this will be the first time in history a new pope will reside at the vatican with an ex pope, which some say could lead to interesting challenges in the leadership of the catholic church. >>> more details now and a time line of pope benedict xvi, nearly eight years as the leader of the catholic church. he was speaking out about child sex abuse by members of the clergy describing it as something that affects every level of society. he announced his resignation citing his age and deteriorating health, making him the first for 600 years to step down. now that he has stepped down, he will have to follow rules set by the vatican. he will keep the name benedict xvi and still be addressed at your holiness. he will also still dress in the white gown, but will give up the red shoes that are traditionally worn by the pope symbolizing the blood of the martyrs. instead he's chosen to wear brown shoes that were given t
in vatican city. he thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. pope benedict xvi will live south of rome. >>> several news outlets are reporting that the 49ers have traded quarterback alex smith to the kansas city thieves. the chiefs will receive a second-round trip and. this is not until until march 12th. >>> today at 5:00, we're following. deaths of two santa cruz police officers. we just brought you the news conference thatp wered up a short time -- that wrapped up a short time ago and we're digging for more on the shooting suspect, jeremy goulet, as well as what we've learned about the officers who died in line of duty. >>> thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. we will see you the next time news breaks. we're always here for you at ktvu.com and mobile ktvu.
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